Paralegal opens consulting firm

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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:00 am

An Omaha woman launched a new business this week using lessons she’s learned over 20 years as a paralegal.

On May 1, Kathi Burt opened Nebraska Paralegal Services LLC, offering contract paralegal services and consulting to local attorneys.

“I know that with every litigation attorney I’ve worked for, we’ve always been overwhelmed in a high-stress, time-sensitive profession,” Burt said.

Burt most recently worked for a large insurance company and noted while corporations or large law firms typically have the resources available to hire contract paralegals, solo practitioners can’t always afford to hire high-caliber help.

She hopes Nebraska Paralegal Services will change that.

Consulting services will include training existing paralegals to do jobs that will allow attorneys to spend more time practicing law and finding more clients.

Paralegals in most states, including Nebraska, are not required to be licensed, and Burt said she wants to elevate the profession locally to make paralegals more competent.

“It’s a bit of a risk and a little bit scary to think about leaving a great job that I love,” Burt said, “but I thought if not now, when?”

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